Damaged Disciples: Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding Movement

by Ron Burks and Vicki Burks

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Book Description
Damaged Disciples is the account of Ron and Vicki Burks’ search for a meaningful faith. Unfortunately, the nontraditional church they found trapped them in a branch of the charismatic movement that taught them to be subject to their spiritual “masters” in every area of life. Vicki was taught to submit herself to her husband where she was to be sustained by his spiritual life which, in essence, allowed none for her. This is also the chronicle of the beginning of their journey back to faith and wholeness.

About the Author
Vicki holds a Batchelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Ohio University and is a Professional Clinical Counselor at Health Recovery Services in Athens. Her journey of recovery both from a fringe church experience and from extensive childhood sexual abuse has been an inspiration to all who hear her lively workshops.

Ron holds the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary and the Ph. D. in Counselor Education from Ohio University. He is also licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio. He has worked for 9 years at the world’s only residential facility for ex-members of abusive groups. In that time he has helped hundreds of survivors of abusive families and groups. Ron is active in research and has presented studies at several national conferences. He has appeared on several news programs and on the Montel Show.

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